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JPR Live Session: Christopher Paul Stelling (2020)

After a busy stretch of touring and general life on the road, singer/songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling found himself at home and in a moment of quiet reflection wondering what was next.

As luck would have it, an unexpected email soon arrived from none other than Grammy-winning artist and producer Ben Harper, asking about the possibility of working together on Stelling's next album. That release, called Best Of Luck, dropped in 2019 on Anti- Records. Wearing his producer hat, Harper assembled a crack rhythm section for the recording sessions, but his influence on the music itself is largely transparent. As Stelling explains it, "Just the influence of having a deadline, and having someone to report to, and having someone to get feedback from is what I really needed - let alone all of the tools and experiences he brought. I needed a friend and a mentor, and that's what I got."

Since the release of his previous effort Itinerant Arias, Stelling also focused on his life outside of music. He cleaned up the drinking, quit the smokes, and found himself more emotionally available for the songs that were to come. He also found more hours in each day in which he could be productive.

He joined us in the JPR Studio (just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic) to perform a few tunes from the new album.



JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.